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Senior Engineer - Electrical

  • Auckland
  • Consulting & Strategy
  • Full time
  • Posted 38 days ago

Job Description


Engineering is at the heart of Rocket Lab . Our engineering team has a proven track record of designing and developing world-class rockets and spacecraft that are changing the way we access and use space . You'll work alongside driven , talented engineers from varied backgrounds and experience levels , all committed to the same mission . Our engineering team members span design , analysis , prototyping , testing , manufacturing , assembly and integration , quality control , engineering documentation , and more.


The purpose of the Senior Engineer - Electrical role is to support the Rocket Lab Autonomous Flight Termination System (RLAFTS) and all adjacent functions to achieve certification as well as regular and reliable mission success. You will be on the front-line of cutting-edge avionics hardware development and have the unique opportunity to support the creation, test, deployment and sustainment of avionics hardware and systems that go into orbit.

You will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, demonstrating, and reporting on the compliance of the Electron flight termination system to all applicable standards. You will be required to develop and maintain a close working relationship with the regulators (FAA & NASA) and be the key point of contact for all communications relating to the Rocket Lab Autonomous Flight Termination System (RLAFTS).

This includes but is not limited to flight computers, FPGAs, RF systems, and components used in guidance, navigation, and control. Our fundamental goal is to ensure our payloads reach orbit on time, every time while maintaining the safety of the public. Your role working with avionics hardware is critical to this mission, and the main line of defence to ensure the quality and reliability in a fast-paced production environment.


  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years relevant industry experience.
  • 5+ years of experience with hardware development or electronics test engineering.
  • 3+ years of programming experience, preferably in Python, LabView, or C/C++


  • Experience in analysing circuits and developing functional test plans.
  • Understanding of electronic circuits, design principles, and manufacturing techniques to analyse and improve test coverage.
  • Understanding and experience in environmental design testing, such as vibration, shock, thermal, and TVAC.
  • Familiarity with National Instruments platforms including DAQ, PXI, and cRIO.
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including power supplies, oscilloscopes, serial devices, switch topologies, accelerometers, thermocouples, RTDs, and 4-20mA sensors.

If the above sounds like you apply now!